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Student Profile: Brianna Maddock

Name: Brianna Maddock
Major: Biotechnology
Minors: Microbiology, Chemistry
Year: Junior
Hometown: Davenport, ND
Graduation Date: May 2022 

Why did you choose NDSU? I chose NDSU because of its commitment to being a student-focused, land grant, research university. I recognized that I could gain invaluable research experiences at NDSU. Growing up in this area, I was able to see how proud people were to attend NDSU and knew that the community here would be a place where I could grow.

Why did you select the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources? In high school, I was highly involved with FFA and agricultural education. The North Dakota FFA Association has their state convention on NDSU's campus each year. Through attending state convention, I was able to see many classrooms and facilities in the college. CAFSNR has been a place where I have been encouraged to pursue my passions.

Scholarships you have received and why scholarships are important to you. Since being at NDSU, I have received the Clark Ewen Memorial Scholarship and GIANTS Food Science Scholarship. Scholarships have given me the freedom to pursue many different opportunities. From learning in research labs to having extra time to study, scholarships have enhanced my university experience drastically. 

Clubs/organizations you’re involved in and why involvement in activities is beneficial. I am an Ag Ambassador, Bison Ambassador and Blue Key Honor Society Member. These organizations have given me amazing communities of peers. I have connected with others through these organizations in ways that I otherwise would not have been able to. They have also allowed me to serve my community by representing my peers, connecting with alumni and supporters and recognizing the need for philanthropy on and off campus. 

List any internships and a brief description of what you did. I interned as a quality assurance technician at Abbiamo Pasta in Casselton, ND. This experience allowed me to become familiar with principles of manufacturing. Although I have since changed my major, this was an invaluable experience to learn about good manufacturing processes. I also interned as a research assistant to the sugar beet geneticist at the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, ND. This lab experience allowed me to really pursue my passion for research.

What is your greatest memory at NDSU? My greatest memory at NDSU is when I was introduced to the community of Blue Key Honor Society. We are a group of students that encourage each other to operate under our motto "Serving I Live." The people I have met in Blue Key are friendships I will cherish forever! 

What are your future plans? In the future, you will find me in a research setting where I am able to use my passions for science and service each day. Admittedly, I am still working on the details for how this will look, but I am excited for the future. My experiences at NDSU have taught me that the opportunities are endless as long as you chase what gives you joy. 

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